New York City AAZK

New York City AAZK NYC AAZK Chapter's goal is to promote professionalism within the Wildlife Conservation Society's fou Join our mailing list!
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Email us at [email protected] to be added!The Chapter hosts events and fundraisers throughout the year promoting professionalism in the zoo keeper field and global conservation. We celebrate the hard work of the keepers during the annual National Zoo Keeper Week... and all year round! Come to one of our meetings or events and see for yourself.Proud supporter of both national and international cons

ervation efforts:Chopsticks for SalamandersThe Greenburgh Nature CenterThe Lewa Wildlife Conservancy - Bowling For RhinosThe Turtle Survival AllianceThe Wildlife Conservation Society

The annual NYC AAZK Silent Auction is now live! There are over 50 items, including animal paintings, art, historic items...
09/11/2023

The annual NYC AAZK Silent Auction is now live! There are over 50 items, including animal paintings, art, historic items from the WCS archives, as well as other assorted items. Bidding runs from Monday 9/11 to Sat 9/16th, with the auction closing at 6:00 PM. Items must be picked up in person at the Bronx Zoo or can be shipped to the other WCS parks if you are a WCS staff member. Happy bidding!

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Bowling for Rhinos 2023! Thank you to all who came out to help save rhinos!
08/18/2023

Bowling for Rhinos 2023! Thank you to all who came out to help save rhinos!

Join us for our 13th Annual Bowling for Rhinos event! Come out to Bowl360 on Thursday August 17th from 6:30-8:30 PM in A...
07/30/2023

Join us for our 13th Annual Bowling for Rhinos event! Come out to Bowl360 on Thursday August 17th from 6:30-8:30 PM in Astoria Queens to support rhino conservation as well as the other species that share their habitat. Tickets are $30 which includes 2 hours of bowling and a conservation donation. Tickets can be purchased at the following link. Hope to see you there! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bowling-for-rhinos-tickets-688619217617?aff=oddtdtcreator

Thank you to all who came out to Snow Cones for Snows, supporting the Snow Leopard Conservancy!
07/25/2023

Thank you to all who came out to Snow Cones for Snows, supporting the Snow Leopard Conservancy!

Come out to support Snow Leopard Conservation and cool off with some snow cones! We will be at All Star Sports Bar until...
07/22/2023

Come out to support Snow Leopard Conservation and cool off with some snow cones! We will be at All Star Sports Bar until 8pm near Columbus Circle. Hope to see you there!

Today! Snow Cones for Snow LeopardsAll Star Sports Bar & Grill (Manhattan)Saturday July 22nd 4pm-8pmJust in time for Nat...
07/22/2023

Today! Snow Cones for Snow Leopards
All Star Sports Bar & Grill (Manhattan)
Saturday July 22nd 4pm-8pm

Just in time for National Zoo Keeper Week, cool off with a snow cone to support the Snow Leopard Conservancy! Featured will be a presentation by the president of the Snow Leopard Conservancy, Ashleigh Lutz-Nelson who will be joining us throughout the festivities. We will be located right outside the bar and will have educational materials teaching the public about snow leopard conservation, a specialty snow leopard themed drink from the bar, as well as T-shirts and snow cones for sale, with all proceeds supporting the Snow Leopard Conservancy.

Snow Cones for Snow LeopardsAll Star Sports Bar & Grill (Manhattan)Saturday July 22nd 4pm-8pmJust in time for National Z...
07/18/2023

Snow Cones for Snow Leopards
All Star Sports Bar & Grill (Manhattan)
Saturday July 22nd 4pm-8pm

Just in time for National Zoo Keeper Week, cool off with a snow cone to support the Snow Leopard Conservancy! Featured will be a presentation by the president of the Snow Leopard Conservancy, Ashleigh Lutz-Nelson who will be joining us throughout the festivities. We will be located right outside the bar and will have educational materials teaching the public about snow leopard conservation, a specialty snow leopard themed drink from the bar, as well as T-shirts and snow cones for sale, with all proceeds supporting the Snow Leopard Conservancy.

AAZK Membership MeetingThursday July 13th 7:00 PM via Zoom Join us for our quarterly members meeting. We will be discuss...
07/12/2023

AAZK Membership Meeting
Thursday July 13th 7:00 PM via Zoom

Join us for our quarterly members meeting. We will be discussing updates on upcoming events and recapping events that recently took place. You do not need to be a current member to attend the meeting. Have an idea for an event, volunteer clean-up, guest speaker or other social gathering? Let us know and we will help make your ideas happen!

Topic: NYC AAZK Meeting
Time: Jul 13, 2023 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Thank you to the WCS Library and Archives staff for giving our AAZK chapter a tour through history!
07/05/2023

Thank you to the WCS Library and Archives staff for giving our AAZK chapter a tour through history!

Snug Harbor volunteer clean-up in Staten Island, a collaboration between Staten Island Zoo AAZK and NYC AAZK. Thank you ...
07/03/2023

Snug Harbor volunteer clean-up in Staten Island, a collaboration between Staten Island Zoo AAZK and NYC AAZK. Thank you to all who participated!

Happy PRIDE month from NYC AAZK.  🌈  🏳️‍🌈 ❤️
06/30/2023

Happy PRIDE month from NYC AAZK. 🌈 🏳️‍🌈 ❤️

AAZK WCS Archives TourTuesday June 13th5:30 PM - Bronx ZooJoin AAZK Maddie Thompson, director of the WCS Library and Arc...
06/06/2023

AAZK WCS Archives Tour
Tuesday June 13th
5:30 PM - Bronx Zoo

Join AAZK Maddie Thompson, director of the WCS Library and Archives for a tour of the WCS archives! We will meet in front of the Center for Global Conservation (CGC) next to the Seabird Aviary and Fountain Circle at the Bronx Zoo. We will start with a tour of the WCS library and then head to the basement of Administration East where the archives are located. Hope to see you there!

Good Afternoon Everyone, Join NYCAAZK and SIAAZK (Staten Island AAZK) as we have our first ever combined park clean-up e...
05/19/2023

Good Afternoon Everyone,
Join NYCAAZK and SIAAZK (Staten Island AAZK) as we have our first ever combined park clean-up event!
When: June 1st 6pm-8pm
Where: Snug Harbor 1000 Richmond Terrace Staten Island, NY 10301.
We ask that any individuals interested in attending RSVP by May 25th. You can RSVP via email or reach out to any of our social media platforms.
Please wear comfortable footwear/clothes you do not mind getting dirty in.
Thank You and hope to see you there!

Join WCS’s Q***R Employee Resource Group at AIDS Walk 2023 in New York City!WCS’s Q***R Employee Resource Group invites ...
05/18/2023

Join WCS’s Q***R Employee Resource Group at AIDS Walk 2023 in New York City!
WCS’s Q***R Employee Resource Group invites all WCS employees to join us in Central Park for AIDS Walk New York 2023 on Sunday, May 21. Thousands will converge on the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, united by the common cause of sustaining the vital programs of Gay Men’s Health Crisis, which serves New Yorkers living with or affected by HIV & AIDS. Sign up here to be a part of our group for the walk, and we hope to see you all there! https://gmhc.aidswalkny.org/team/489888

Thank you to everyone that came out for the first NYC AAZK beach cleanup of 2023.
04/29/2023

Thank you to everyone that came out for the first NYC AAZK beach cleanup of 2023.

AAZK Beach Clean-Up Orchard Beach, Bronx, NYThursday April 27, 20235:45-7:00 PMJoin NYC AAZK for our annual clean-up of ...
04/24/2023

AAZK Beach Clean-Up
Orchard Beach, Bronx, NY
Thursday April 27, 2023
5:45-7:00 PM

Join NYC AAZK for our annual clean-up of Orchard Beach! We will meet at the entrance to the beach on the far right side of the parking lot next to the playground. Please RSVP so we can look out for you and have enough cleaning supplies.

Hope to see you there!

"You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, a...
04/22/2023

"You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make." —Jane Goodall

NYC AAZK Virtual Membership MeetingThursday March 30th 6:30 PM via ZoomJoin us as we discuss plans for the year. Have an...
03/29/2023

NYC AAZK Virtual Membership Meeting
Thursday March 30th
6:30 PM via Zoom

Join us as we discuss plans for the year. Have an idea for a volunteer clean-up, fundraiser, guest speaker or social outing? Join us to discuss your ideas, or reach out to anyone on the AAZK exec team at any point if you are unable to attend the meeting. You do not have to be a current member to join the meeting or participate in the chapter. The meeting link is below the agenda. Hope to see you there!

Topic: NYC AAZK General Members Meeting

Time: Mar 30, 2023 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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03/19/2023

Help make an impact by sharing information to the study below!

Study Title: The LGBTQ+ Community in Zoos and Aquariums

Study Origin: Q***R Employee Resource Group at the Wildlife Conservation Society

What is the purpose of this study?

Diversity and inclusion based on sexual orientation is crucial to the larger conservation goals of zoos and aquariums because it expands the reach of the conservation messages that zoological facilities try to convey to the world. By recognizing and highlighting q***r staff and their experiences in the zoological field, it offers the chance for zoos and aquariums to expand the scope of their work by having LGBTQ+ inclusive programming, raising funds for their conservation initiatives through novel sources, and increasing the welfare of their LGBTQ+ staff.

While recognizing q***r staff in zoos and aquarium is important in terms of a diversity and inclusion standpoint, no research has been done to examine the extent that the LGBTQ+ community is included in the zoological field. This survey hopes to investigate if there is a higher percentage of employees who identify as q***r in zoos and aquariums, what qualities draw q***r people to this field, and if the zoological field is an inclusive place from the perspective of q***r employees. This research could have major implication on the diversity and inclusion initiatives of AZA and other zoological facilities across the country.

Survey Link:

https://buff.ly/3ZUktJh

We are continuing our Black History Month spotlights with Phebean Williams.  She is the Program Assistant for the Aquati...
02/10/2023

We are continuing our Black History Month spotlights with Phebean Williams. She is the Program Assistant for the Aquatic Health Department at the New York Aquarium. She is also the Program Administrator for the Aquatic Veterinary Student Externship Program. She has been with WCS for 11 years.

When asked why is diversity in the zoo and aquarium field important? She writes:
“When there is diversity, there is always a chance of gaining new awareness and understanding of the world and the people around you. It helps build a stronger bond where people can express their ideas and learn from each other within the institution”.

When asked what is your favorite part about working for WCS?
She writes:
“My favorite part about working for WCS was the ability to learn and gain experience through volunteering. In 2012, I started out as a seasonal worker with WCS. I became interested in volunteering and wanted to learn more about how the animals were cared for and what it took to keep them in good health. That led me to volunteer with the Aquatic Health department, which I did for a couple of years before becoming a full-time employee. That experience gave me a great appreciation of the hard work and the people that are involved with the well-being of the animals. It is great to know that I am part of this team, and can contribute in a variety of ways to help make our Department run smoothly”.

We received our card from the Bay Area AAZK Chapter for the AAZK postcard exchange.  Thank you!!!
02/08/2023

We received our card from the Bay Area AAZK Chapter for the AAZK postcard exchange. Thank you!!!

To kick off our spotlights for Black History Month, meet James Williams.  He is a Supervising Attendant for the Operatio...
02/03/2023

To kick off our spotlights for Black History Month, meet James Williams. He is a Supervising Attendant for the
Operations & Maintenance department at the Queens Zoo. He has been with WCS for 11 years.

When asked why is diversity in the zoo and aquarium field important? He writes:

“It’s definitely important because we get to learn from one another. Perspectives matter, beliefs matter, and our backgrounds matter, this is what makes us unique. What better place to learn from folks different from you, and the bonus is you get to learn about the different animals you’re surrounded by”.

When asked what is your favorite part about working for WCS? He writes:

“It’s definitely the people. I’ve
had the privilege of meeting some good kindhearted people here, some of which I call family. We spend most of our time in our respective facilities. I feel it’s only right to embrace your peers, sometimes we are all the family someone has”.

12/16/2022

If you need a last minute gift, consider checking out NYC AAZK's craft fair on etsy! Many of the crafts are made by Wildlife Conservation Society staff and all proceeds go to funding events and programming that develop WCS keepers! Event is through the 19th.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/NYCAAZK?

10/07/2022

Way to go Payden Hubbert 👏 👏

Thank you to everyone that participated in our “Tongues Out” photo contest.  Congratulations to the winners!  1st place ...
10/04/2022

Thank you to everyone that participated in our “Tongues Out” photo contest. Congratulations to the winners!

1st place 🥇
Photographer: Sosha Fusco
Animal: Beyoncé, The Belted Galloway

2nd place 🥈
Photographer: Payden Hubbert
Animal: Murphy, The Harbor Seal

3rd place 🥉
Photographer: Heather Lavery
Animal: Gretel, The Fossa

Photo Contest!!!  September 26th-30thNYCAAZK is hosting a Photo Contest! The theme is Tongue Out! We ask that these be p...
09/28/2022

Photo Contest!!! September 26th-30th

NYCAAZK is hosting a Photo Contest! The theme is Tongue Out! We ask that these be photos of animals within our five parks and no behind the scenes shots. We will have a 1st 2nd and 3rd place prize. Every person who submits a photo will also receive 1 point that will go towards our membership renewal point system (for more question on the point system please email Maya Stay or Joe Nappi) Winners will be announced October 3rd! You can submit up to three photos.

Final Day to BID for items in the AAZK Fundraiser which is supporting rhino conservation and tree restoration efforts! T...
09/10/2022

Final Day to BID for items in the AAZK Fundraiser which is supporting rhino conservation and tree restoration efforts! The auction runs through Saturday Sept 10th until 6pm. The auction can be accessed through the following link: https://www.32auctions.com/AAZKConservation2022

Happy bidding!

Check out our AAZK Conservation Fundraiser supporting rhino conservation and tree restoration efforts! The auction runs ...
09/08/2022

Check out our AAZK Conservation Fundraiser supporting rhino conservation and tree restoration efforts! The auction runs through Saturday Sept 10th until 6pm. The auction can be accessed through the following link: https://www.32auctions.com/AAZKConservation2022

Happy bidding!

Winos for Rhinos 2022! Thank you to all who came out to the All Stars Sports Bar in Manhattan to support rhino conservat...
08/19/2022

Winos for Rhinos 2022! Thank you to all who came out to the All Stars Sports Bar in Manhattan to support rhino conservation!

AAZK Virtual Compassion Fatigue Panel Discussion:Wednesday August 3, 20226:30 PM via Zoom We hope you join New York City...
07/26/2022

AAZK Virtual Compassion Fatigue Panel Discussion:

Wednesday August 3, 2022
6:30 PM via Zoom

We hope you join New York City AAZK for a Zoom event on Wed August 3, 2022 at 6:30 PM to talk about a prevalent issue in the zoological field that sometimes gets unmentioned: Compassion Fatigue and Burnout.

Compassion Fatigue in zoos and aquariums can be loosely defined as, a "combination of physical, emotional and psychological depletion associated with caring for animals and their well-being in a captive environment" (AZA 2018). For many keepers, trainers, vet techs and other zoo and aquarium staff, this has been something exacerbated by the ongoing pandemic.

Join us to hear from a panel of therapists, former keepers, and mental health experts on how to identify compassion fatigue and burnout, how to practice self-care to ameliorate the problem, and coping mechanisms we can all use in this industry. Look for more info soon with the zoom link.

Happy National Zookeeper Week!
07/24/2022

Happy National Zookeeper Week!

“This , we want to say a big thank you to our keepers at the Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, and Prospect Park Zoo. We appreciate your hard work and dedication year-round. Thank you for taking such good care of our animals.”

Have you checked out the silent auction yet?  Bidding closes Saturday July 23rd at 6:00 PM.  The link is in the comment ...
07/19/2022

Have you checked out the silent auction yet? Bidding closes Saturday July 23rd at 6:00 PM. The link is in the comment section. Reach out with questions. Happy bidding!

Here are a few details about items, but check out the link for more!

Patagonia gear!!!!

Animal paintings.

1954 jello ad.

Photo, signed by Conway.

Keurig.

The Farm in the Zoo is a circa 1950’s farm dictionary.

1985 JungleWorld animal information book.

1960 Turtle Care Guide from Bronx Zoo Herpetology Dept

1909 NYZS decennial photo booklet

The NYC AAZK chapter would like to wish everyone a HAPPY NATIONAL ZOO KEEPER WEEK! We are a unique chapter made up of 4 ...
07/18/2022

The NYC AAZK chapter would like to wish everyone a HAPPY NATIONAL ZOO KEEPER WEEK!

We are a unique chapter made up of 4 different zoos and 1 aquarium spread throughout New York City.

To all the keepers from , , , , &

Here’s to you! The work that you do is absolutely incredible & extremely important. Enjoy your week!

The National Zoo Keeper Week Silent auction is live! The link is below in the comment section.

TONIGHT! Join NYC AAZK on Tues June 21st on the ‘longest day of the year’ as we celebrate World Giraffe Day at the Bronx...
06/21/2022

TONIGHT! Join NYC AAZK on Tues June 21st on the ‘longest day of the year’ as we celebrate World Giraffe Day at the Bronx Brewery in the South Bronx! Admission is free. A portion of the evening’s bar tab as well as the proceeds from our silent auction will be donated to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation. Hope to see you there!

Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher/WCS

AAZK Alamo Movie Night 2022! Thank you to everyone who came out to see our private screening of the new Jurassic World f...
06/15/2022

AAZK Alamo Movie Night 2022! Thank you to everyone who came out to see our private screening of the new Jurassic World film!

Join NYC AAZK on Tues June 21st on the ‘longest day of the year’ as we celebrate World Giraffe Day at the Bronx Brewery ...
06/13/2022

Join NYC AAZK on Tues June 21st on the ‘longest day of the year’ as we celebrate World Giraffe Day at the Bronx Brewery in the South Bronx! Admission is free. A portion of the evening’s bar tab as well as the proceeds from our silent auction will be donated to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation. Hope to see you there!

Thank you to everyone that came out to our Pride Night at Rise Bar in Manhattan! The money generated from the event will...
06/11/2022

Thank you to everyone that came out to our Pride Night at Rise Bar in Manhattan! The money generated from the event will be donated to support lion conservation as well as lgbtq+ scientists

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That's a wrap on our Chapter tAAZKover for today. We want to thank the New York City AAZK Chapter for participating! We hope you had as much fun as we did!

Eso es un resumen de nuestro Capítulo tAAZKover por hoy. ¡Queremos agradecer al capítulo AAZK de la ciudad de Nueva York por participar! ¡Esperamos que te hayas divertido tanto como nosotros!
It's time for another ! Today we're featuring the New York City AAZK Chapter! Stay tuned for amazing content from them throughout the day🤩

¡Es hora de otro ! ¡Hoy presentamos el capítulo AAZK de la ciudad de Nueva York! Estén atentos al contenido increíble que compartiran durante todo el día 🤩
Today's feature is Mary Wilson, the first African American senior zookeeper at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore!

Thanks for sharing her story New York City AAZK!
Another Lecture by Dr. Latney!
Last night our AAZK chapter was invited to a behind the scenes tour at the New York Aquarium! It was an exciting evening that included an above viewing of their enormous shark-filled tank, a private sea lion training session, a penguin keeper talk, and a beautiful firework display as an added bonus. Thank you to all of our memebers that made the trip and a huge thank you to the New York Aquarium for having us - not to mention the New York City AAZK for inviting our crew to a memorable night!!
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We want to extend a big "thank you" to the AAZK chapters that have supported us recently (as well as the past)! We are so grateful for your generosity & your for lemurs! 🐒🎉

-AAZK San Diego
-Greater Sac Chapter of American Association of Zoo Keepers - AAZK
-Bay Area AAZK Chapter
-Puget Sound Chapter of AAZK
-Rocky Mountain AAZK
-New York City AAZK / Staten Island Zoo

Thank you again for your continued support, and we look forward to working with you all more in the future! 😁

Photo credit: Mathias Appel
Hose2Habitat is having a free 1 day workshop at Turtle Back Zoo in August. It's small with 2 topics with Luke Siberry from the UK. I'll post this on our FB page soon, but want WCS keepers to get first up for the limited spots. Please share with any WCS keepers who may be interested. Here is the online signup: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f4daeaf2fa1fc1-free7 Thanks!
https://www.groupraise.com/events/61899
We need 13 more people to sign up to have this event. It is just west of NYC. Please help us, help the wild Chinchillas
Calling all AAZK Chapters! Did you know that you can host a regional conference? Here's a quick (and easy!) checklist on how to start the process:

1. Submit a Letter of Interest Packet to Ed Hansen which contains:
a. A Letter of Interest (LOI) to host an AAZK Regional Conference designated by stated year that is signed by current AAZK Chapter Officers.
b. The LOI shall list AAZK Chapter Officers by title in the Chapter and their
membership status within the Association.
c. The LOI should also address the number of conferences the officers of the
Chapter and/or the potential Conference Committee have previously hosted
and/or attended.
d. The LOI should also contain all current and pertinent contact information for
the Chapter Officer signing the Letter.

2. A list of current AAZK Chapter members.

3. A current bank account statement from the financial institution detailing the funds on account and held by the AAZK Chapter.

4. A letter of support from the potential Host Institution(s), signed by the CEO or equivalent.

5. Letters of support from any other recognized organization within your community, pertinent to the hosting of a conference (Chamber of Commerce or similar entity).

6. An estimate of cost associated with lodging (per night) projected for the calendar year of the regional conference.

*All the information needed to submit an inquiry can be found in AAZK's Operation Manual AD 7.03-1.
Several AAZK chapters have successfully hosted regional conferences. If your AAZK Chapter has a passion for professional development start the process today!

Photo: New York City AAZK and their symposium from this past year!
Hey fellow animal lovers and film enthusiast alike! There is a unique film festival called EQUUS Film Festival centered on the equestrian arts and honoring the beautiful creatures that we call horses through the art of film-making and storytelling. The event is called EQUUS Film Festival New York City and will be taking place all throughout this weekend. If ya'll are interested click on their page for more info! I highly recommend to attend!
Thank you to New York City AAZK and Wildlife Toy Box - Desert Plastics, LLC - Animal Enrichment for the toy I won at the Regional Symposium! Here is Cape May County Zoo's De Brazzas monkey, "Miles," with his new toy!! 😁🐒
Zoophoria is a blog that aims to connect visitors with the accomplishments of America's best zoos and inspire them to care about animal welfare and conservation. The Bronx Zoo is frequently mentioned as an example of zoological excellence and has been honored as the best at exhibiting several species including lemurs and baboons. It will continued to be discussed in more posts to come! https://www.zoophoria.net/single-post/2017/04/27/Best-Zoos-in-America-For-Baboons-and-Mandrills
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